Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be made up or composed.
  • intransitive verb To have a basis; reside or lie.
  • intransitive verb To be compatible; accord.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To stand together; be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; hence, to be; exist; subsist; be supported and maintained.
  • To remain coherent, stable, or fixed.
  • To abide; rest; be comprised, contained, performed, or expressed: followed by in.
  • To be composed; be made up: followed by of.
  • To be compatible, consistent, or harmonious; be in accordance; harmonize; accord: now followed by with, formerly also used absolutely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and maintained.
  • intransitive verb To be composed or made up; -- followed by of.
  • intransitive verb To have as its substance or character, or as its foundation; to be; -- followed by in.
  • intransitive verb To be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; -- formerly used absolutely, now followed by with.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To insist; -- followed by on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete, intransitive To exist, to be.
  • verb intransitive To be comprised or contained in.
  • verb intransitive To be composed, formed, or made up of.
  • noun rail transport A lineup or sequence of railroad carriages or cars, with or without a locomotive, that form a unit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
  • verb originate (in)
  • verb have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in
  • verb be composed of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin cōnsistere, to stand still, to be composed of : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + sistere, to cause to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin consistō ("stand together, stop, become hard or solid, agree with, continue, exist"), from com- ("together") + sistō ("I cause to stand, stand").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From consist (verb).

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